NOVEMBER 10, 2019
Fate, Site specific sculpture, Variable dimensions
The idea behind this project which came in response to the thematic of Dajal/False Messiah ( Samt’s volume 4 subject ) where I built a false tomb for a child in an area outside the city.
In Surat AI-Kahf from the Holy Quran a story is told about a child that has been killed by prophet Al Khidr, who through divine revelation, killed a child who was born to righteous parents, but would grow up to disobey them and cause them suffering.
Al Khidr, the opposing character of the Dajjal in the Quran, got his name due to his agricultural powers and ability to bless places with fertile and harvesting lands.
The grave I built is located in an arid area, yet it is surrounded by green grass to represent Al Khidrs presence. This became a source of food for the live animals in the area. With a concealed watering system, the grass kept growing for a period of time, offering a continuous food source and, converting this place of grief into a spring of life.
Questioning the idea of 'saviourhood', visually, the work presents Oman's landscape and integrates the culture and people's attitudes of mysticism around historic sites. 'Fate' presents a fictional reality whereby the artist accentuates a cultural attitude, paying homage to his identity while also challenging notions of faith and historic accuracy of events.
Curation and mentorship by:
Tara Aldughaither, Walid Al Wawi & Sargon Latchin
Please visit Samt.co to view the full project.